I’m repeatedly surprised by how common it actually is for many people to experience physical discomfort on a continual basis. Anything from mild discomfort to pulsing pain.

Having said that, I can definitely relate, having been there myself for years in my late teens. It’s something I learned to live with and I’ve witnessed many of my clients who had also been doing the same.

What if there’s a better way?

It’s handy to share a client’s story; Sekarsari Suyono who’s an ultra-athlete and who’d become used to chronic, physical pain despite her efforts to help herself where she could; from stretching to adjusting her training program and her meals.

Her experience is also relevant for anyone who’s a ‘road warrior’, or in regular training, who’s experiencing tight muscles or injuries.

For this client, we took an approach that combined good sources of foods with good micronutrients (making sure to fill in the gaps ), plus specific micronutrients designed to help with natural anti-inflammatory and natural pain-killer actions. We included targeted stretches, sufficient hydration, and training schedule adjustments.

Together, this combination made a huge difference.

We also incorporated the use of a foam roller into her stretching exercises, which can be a powerful way to release tension within the fascia, the connective tissue around our body tissues; including our muscles1. One of the layers of our fascia can contract – and will do so if it undergoes trauma or repetitive strain. Usually stretching isn’t enough – so the foam roller can be a game-changer.

So, if you’ve had any specific injuries, muscle tightness, or even soreness, it might be worth asking yourself, is it time for less pain?

If you’re ‘over it’ and keen to look at possible solutions, message me.

And of course I’m looking forward to seeing you on #ALivewithFi where I’ll be sharing some gems for you to take away and use.

1According to “A Body Part You Never Knew You Had Could be Making You Miserable,” Corrie Pikul describes the ache caused by strained, tightened fasciae: “it feels like muscle pain, but unlike a tight hamstring that makes you yelp when you stand up, your ache isn’t triggered by a particular movement, and you can feel it in different places at various times. The culprit could be your fascia (pronounced “fash-ya”), says Mary Ann Wilmarth, DPT, chief of physical therapy at Harvard University Health Services. This sheet of tissue, made up of densely packed protein fibers, weaves throughout the entire body, and it binds and supports your muscles, bones and even your organs”.

(https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/03/fascia-stretches_n_6221662.html)

Fi Jamieson-Folland D.O, is a Lifestyle Consultant, with over 27 years experience in Europe, Asia and New Zealand as a qualified osteopath, educator, writer, certified raw vegan gluten-free chef, speaker, health mentor and Health Brand Ambassador. She loves to globe-trot with her husband Chris (NZ, Australia, USA, UK + Europe and Indonesia are current favourites) relishing an outdoor lifestyle and time with family and friends.